Excerpt from Spitsbergen an Account of Exploration, Hunting, the Mineral Riches & Future Potentialities of an Arctic Archipelago After several centuries, during which it has been interest only to explorers, Spitsbergen is again attracting a measure of the public interest which it drew in the years immediately after its discovery. This volume is an attempt to trace the history, exploration and ecomic development of the country and to give some account of the resources which are w attracting attention. It is impossible within the compass of one volume to describe or even to mention all the small expeditions which have visited Spitsbergen, but it is hoped that expedition of importance has been overlooked. No attempt has been made to give more than a sketch of the physical geography, scenery and natural history of the country: to do justice to these a separate volume would be required. For the early history of Spitsbergen I have drawn freely on Sir Martin Conway's researches published in his No Man's Land in 1906, and his volume on Spitsbergen voyages published by the Hakluyt Society in 1902. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art techlogy to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.